Almost Home New Mexico


This page is dedicated to all the animals who have crossed over the Rainbow Bridge. The pictures and short stories will serve as reminders for us to pray for the animals who have passed on without ever knowing the love of a forever family.


 Please remember and pray for the animals impounded and euthanized at Animal Control Facilities, left in the backyards of careless owners, fought, raced, and trained to do silly tricks for human amusement, the breeding dogs who are caged and kept only as puppy producing machines never knowing the love of a family and a warm, soft bed, the animals in slaughterhouses being slaughtered for our consumption (remember they gave their life for us), and any other animal who has passed on.  Please remember and keep them all in your prayers.. 


We do recommend if you have lost a pet to visit There is so much love and compassion it is truly amazing to see and read how much some of these people loved and still love their pets!!!  It also allows you to post your own memorial and of course you can meet others who are also grieving over the loss of their beloved fur baby.


This is our little Shyler who passed almost right after we took him in. He was thrown over the fence and his intestines telescoped– the majority of the time he spent with AHNM was at our vet’s office. We tried very hard to save him but I guess it was just his time to go. We still miss him everyday!

Rainbow Bridge

Just this side of heaven is a place called Rainbow Bridge. When an animal dies that has been especially close to someone here, that pet goes to Rainbow Bridge. There are meadows and hills for all of our special friends so they can run and play together. There is plenty of food and water and sunshine, and our friends are warm and comfortable. All the animals who have been ill and old are restored to health and vigour, those who were hurt or maimed are made whole and strong again, just as we remember them in our dreams of days and times gone by.

The animals are happy and content, except for one small thing: they miss someone very special to them who had to be left behind. They all run and play together, but the day comes when one suddenly stops and looks into the distance.

The bright eyes are intent; the eager body quivers. Suddenly it begins to break away from the group, flying over the green grass, strong legs carrying him faster and faster. YOU have been spotted, and when you and your special friend finally meet, you cling together in joyous reunion, never to be parted again. The happy kisses rain upon your face, your hands caress the beloved head and you look once more into the trusting eyes of your pet, so long gone from your life but never absent from your heart. Then you cross the Rainbow Bridge together.

When tomorrow starts without me,
      and I'm not there to see;
If the sun should rise and find your eyes
      all filled with tears for me;
I wish so much you wouldn't cry
      the way you did today,
While thinking of the many things
      we didn't get to say.
I know how much you love me,
      as much as I love you,
And each time you think of me,
      I know you'll miss me, too.
But when tomorrow starts without me,
      please try and understand,
That an angel came and called my name
      and took me by the hand,
And said my place was ready
      in heaven far above,
And that I'd have to leave behind
      all those I dearly love.
But as I turned to walk away,
      a tear fell from my eye,
For all my life I'd always thought
      I didn't want to die.
I had so much to live for
      and so much yet to do,
It seemed almost impossible
      that I am leaving you.
I thought of all the yesterdays,
      the good ones and the bad,
I thought of all the love we shared
      and all the fun we had.
If I could relive yesterday,
      I thought, just for a while,
I'd say good-bye and kiss you
      and maybe see your smile.

When Tomorrow Starts Without Me
by David Romano

But then I fully realized
      that this could never be.
For emptiness and memories
      would take the place of me.
And when I thought of worldly things
      that I'd miss come tomorrow,
I thought of you, and when I did,
      my heart was filled with sorrow.
But when I walked through heaven's gates,
      I felt so much at home.
When God look down and smiled at me,
      from His great golden throne.
He said, "This is eternity
      and all I've promised you,
Today your life on earth is past,
      but here it starts anew.
I promise no tomorrow,
      but today will always last,
And since each day's the same day,
      there's no longing for the past.
But you have been so faithful,
      so trusting and so true,
Though there were times you did some things
      you knew you shouldn't do.
But you have been forgiven,
      and now at last your free.
So won't you take my hand
      and share my life with me?"
So when tomorrow starts without me,
      don't think we're far apart,
For every time you think of me,
      I'm right here in your heart.

This was my beautiful little Roxie who we pulled from the shelter. She was a little wild with a bad leg. We put her through surgery and put her up for adoption however the only family she ever got to know was here. Shortly after posting her as being available she passed away. She  swallowed a piece of a  rubber ball which punctured an intestine. We miss our little wild girl so much.

This was Abuela. We fostered her for Quixote Humane and she was my sweet little old lady that just loved attention. Fortunately she did get adopted by a wonderful woman who called me up the day she passed. My little Abuela will always hold a special place in my heart.

You're giving me a special gift,
So sorrowfully endowed,
And through these last few cherished days,
Your courage makes me proud.
But really, love is knowing
When your best friend is in pain,
And understanding earthly acts
Will only be in vain.
So looking deep into your eyes,
Beyond, into your soul,
I see in you the magic, that will
Once more make me whole.
The strength that you possess,
Is why I look to you today,
To do this thing that must be done,
For it's the only way.
That strength is why I've followed you,
And chose you as my friend,
And why I've loved you all these years...
My partner 'til the end.
Please, understand just what this gift,
You're giving, means to me,
It gives me back the strength I've lost,
And all my dignity.

You take a stand on my behalf,
For that is what friends do.
And know that what you do is right,
For I believe it too.
So one last time,
I breathe your scent,
And through your hand I feel,
The courage that's within you,
To now grant me this appeal.
Cut the leash that holds me here,
Dear friend, and let me run,
Once more a strong and steady dog,
My pain and struggle done.
And don't despair my passing,
For I won't be far away,
Forever here, within your heart,
And memory I'll stay.
I'll be there watching over you,
Your ever faithful friend,
And in your memories I'll run,
...a young dog once again.

From Friend to Friend
by Karen Clouston

This poem was modified by someone don’t know who– original poem was a cat.

Cody came into rescue with his brother Zack (adopted). Unfortunately, he had distemper which proved fatal. We will miss our sweet baby that we only had a few days with..

Rascal was one of our special babies that we loved with all our hearts. We will always miss him.

Almost Home NM

 PO Box 772

 Peralta, NM 87042

Bob Macaroni lived but a very short life with his best pal Cupcake in their home with our good friend Charles.

Savannah was also one of our very loved babies that passed away shortly after she was adopted.  She is missed very much by her mom and sister.  

This is Mary– She died of a disease (Distemper) that could have been prevented with a simple vaccine.

Dolly recently passed of old age.  She and Abuela were adopted together and lived a very happy life with a woman who loved them both dearly.

Lacey was a sweet girl who had finally found her forever home.  She will be missed but we are thankful that she knew love before and during her passing.